Rugby sevens at the 1998 Commonwealth Games

Rugby sevens at the 1998 Commonwealth Games was the first Commonwealth Games where rugby sevens was played. It was at the time one of the male-only sports at the Commonwealth Games.[1]

Rugby Sevens
at the 1998 Commonwealth Games
Rugby sevens pictogram.svg
VenueKuala Lumpur
Dates12–14 September 1998
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The gold medal was won by New Zealand who defeated Fiji 21–12 in the final on 14 September 1998. In the bronze medal playoff Australia defeated Samoa 33–12. Gambia and Zimbabwe withdrew before the tournament started, resulting in a re-draw of the first round matches and groups.[2]

Pool StageEdit

First PhaseEdit

Group A

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  Fiji 2 2 0 0 125 7 +118
  Wales 2 1 0 1 79 54 +25
  Eswatini 2 0 0 2 0 143 –143
12 September 1998
Fiji   54–7   Wales

12 September 1998
Wales   72–0   Eswatini

12 September 1998
Fiji   71–0   Eswatini

Group B

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  South Africa 2 2 0 0 88 22 +66
  Papua New Guinea 2 1 0 1 76 29 +47
  Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 0 2 0 113 –113
12 September 1998
South Africa   29–22   Papua New Guinea


12 September 1998
South Africa   59–0   Trinidad and Tobago

Group C

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  Canada 2 1 1 0 72 12 +60
  Samoa 2 1 1 0 73 24 +49
  Bahamas 2 0 0 2 12 121 –109
12 September 1998
Samoa   12–12   Canada

12 September 1998
Canada   60–0   Bahamas

12 September 1998
Samoa   61–12   Bahamas

Group D

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  New Zealand 2 2 0 0 133 0 +133
  Malaysia 2 1 0 1 35 79 –44
  Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2 26 115 –89
12 September 1998
New Zealand   80–0   Sri Lanka

12 September 1998
Sri Lanka   26–35   Malaysia

12 September 1998
New Zealand   53–0   Malaysia

Group E

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  England 2 2 0 0 45 10 +35
  Tonga 2 1 0 1 43 22 +21
  Kenya 2 0 0 2 5 61 –56
12 September 1998
England   17–10   Tonga

12 September 1998
Tonga   33–5   Kenya

12 September 1998
England   28–0   Kenya

Group F

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  Australia 2 2 0 0 103 0 +103
  Cook Islands 2 1 0 1 60 50 +10
  Cayman Islands 2 0 0 2 0 113 –113
12 September 1998
Australia   50–0   Cook Islands

12 September 1998
Cook Islands   60–0   Cayman Islands

12 September 1998
Australia   63–0   Cayman Islands

Second PhaseEdit

Group A

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  New Zealand 2 2 0 0 132 12 +120
  Tonga 2 1 0 1 50 41 +9
  Bahamas 2 0 0 2 0 129 –129
13 September 1998
New Zealand   93–0   Bahamas

13 September 1998
Tonga   38–0   Bahamas

13 September 1998
New Zealand   41–12   Tonga

Group B

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  Fiji 2 2 0 0 134 5 +129
  Malaysia 2 1 0 1 24 68 –44
  Kenya 2 0 0 2 5 90 –85
13 September 1998
Fiji   71–0   Kenya

13 September 1998
Malaysia   19–5   Kenya

13 September 1998
Fiji   63–5   Malaysia

Group C

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  Australia 2 2 0 0 129 19 +110
  Papua New Guinea 2 1 0 1 61 59 +2
  Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2 5 117 –112
13 September 1998
Australia   70–5   Sri Lanka

13 September 1998
Papua New Guinea   47–0   Sri Lanka

13 September 1998
Australia   59–14   Papua New Guinea

Group D

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  South Africa 2 2 0 0 117 0 +117
  Cook Islands 2 1 0 1 50 57 –7
  Eswatini 2 0 0 2 19 129 –110
13 September 1998
South Africa   79–0   Eswatini

13 September 1998
Cook Islands   50–19   Eswatini

13 September 1998
South Africa   38–0   Cook Islands

Group E

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  Samoa 2 2 0 0 104 12 +92
  England 2 1 0 1 62 26 +36
  Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 0 1 7 135 –128
13 September 1998
England   50–7   Trinidad and Tobago

13 September 1998
Samoa   85–0   Trinidad and Tobago

13 September 1998
England   12–19   Samoa

Group F

Team P W D L PF PA +/–
  Canada 2 2 0 0 92 7 +85
  Wales 2 1 0 1 69 45 +24
  Cayman Islands 2 0 0 2 0 109 –109
13 September 1998
Canada   47–0   Cayman Islands

13 September 1998
Wales   62–0   Cayman Islands

13 September 1998
Canada   45–7   Wales

Final StandingsEdit

Pos Team P W D L
C   Australia 4 4 0 0
C   Fiji 4 4 0 0
C   New Zealand 4 4 0 0
C   South Africa 4 4 0 0
C   Samoa 4 3 1 0
C   Canada 4 3 1 0
C   England 4 3 0 1
C   Wales 4 2 0 2
P   Cook Islands 4 2 0 2
P   Papua New Guinea 4 2 0 2
P   Malaysia 4 2 0 2
P   Tonga 4 2 0 2
P   Kenya 4 0 0 4
P   Sri Lanka 4 0 0 4
P   Eswatini 4 0 0 4
P   Trinidad and Tobago 4 0 0 4
B   Bahamas 4 0 0 4
B   Cayman Islands 4 0 0 4
= Qualified for Cup
= Qualified for Plate (to determine places 9-16)
= Qualified for Bowl (to determine places 17-18)

Knockout StagesEdit

CupEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold Medal Match
 
          
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
 
  New Zealand38
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Wales14
 
  New Zealand19
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Samoa14
 
  Samoa26
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  South Africa5
 
  New Zealand21
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Fiji12
 
  Fiji26
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Canada19
 
  Fiji28
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Australia14 Bronze Medal Match
 
  Australia49
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  England14
 
  Samoa12
 
 
  Australia33
 

Plate & BowlEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsPlate Match
 
          
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
 
  Papua New Guinea40
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Sri Lanka17
 
  Papua New Guinea35
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Malaysia5
 
  Malaysia26
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Eswatini7
 
  Cook Islands31
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Papua New Guinea12
 
  Cook Islands45
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Trinidad and Tobago12
 
  Cook Islands22
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Tonga21 Bowl Match
 
  Tonga35
 
14 September – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Kenya19
 
  Bahamas47
 
 
  Cayman Islands17
 

MedallistsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's rugby sevens   New Zealand (NZL)
Amasio Valence
Bruce Reihana
Caleb Ralph
Christian Cullen
Dallas Seymour
Eric Rush
Joeli Vidiri
Jonah Lomu
Rico Gear
Roger Randle
  Fiji (FIJ)
Aparama Bosekora
Jope Tuikabe
Alifereti Doviverata
Rauqe Senirusi
Saimoni Rikoni
Setareki Tawake
Sirilo Ragata
Tinasau Akuila
Marika Vunibaka
Waisale Serevi
  Australia (AUS)
Brendan Williams
Cameron Pither
David Campese
Ipolito Fenukitau
Jim Williams
Marc Stcherbina
Matthew Dowling
Richard Graham
Rick Nalatu
Tyron Mandrusiak

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "XVI Commonwealth Games". Sadec.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  2. ^ "our Sports Staff. "Champion pushed to the limit by Pollard." Times [London, England] 11 Sept. 1998". Times Archive.